Two people were arrested Friday in Seymour in connection with the theft of merchandise at numerous Home Depot locations across Indiana, police report.
On Oct. 6, 2022, Scotty Gatlin, 50, of Chicago, Illinois, and Donilla Patrice Dismukes, 36, of Lafayette entered Walmart Supercenter in Seymour and took items totaling more than $1,000, according to a news release from Seymour Police Department Lt. C.J. Foster.
Investigators received a call shortly afterward from the store’s asset protection about the incident, providing a description of the suspects and vehicle and determining the people and vehicle were out of Illinois, police said.
Investigators then contacted asset protection with The Home Depot and provided them with the description of the suspects and their vehicle from the Walmart incident, Foster said.
A short time later, Home Depot asset protection advised the suspects from the Walmart incident had pushed out three cartloads of items totaling more $6,000 that hadn’t been paid for, Foster said.
On Friday, investigators received a call from Home Depot asset protection advising the suspects from the thefts on Oct. 6 were in the store again with a cart loaded up with items.
The suspects left the store before they were able to remove any items, Foster said.
Home Depot asset protection also was able to provide investigators with a photograph of one of the people pulling a cart full of items out of The Home Depot in Noblesville without paying.
Shortly after leaving The Home Depot, the two people were stopped by patrol officers on Tipton Street near Interstate 65.
One of the suspects in the vehicle matched the description of the individual shown in the Noblesville Home Depot photo, Foster said.
Officers observed numerous Milwaukee and Ryobi battery-powered tools in the vehicle, and they took the two suspects for questioning and the vehicle was taken as evidence.
Gatlin and Dismukes were then arrested for theft, a Level 6 felony, from the two incidents that occurred Oct. 6. Additional charges of theft will be submitted to the prosecuting attorney in reference to the two being in possession of stolen items from the Noblesville Home Depot.
Gatlin and Dismukes also are being investigated for numerous thefts from The Home Depot stores in Noblesville and Carmel.